NYC Traffic Fatalities Increase
October 18, 2012

If you’re doing any NYC driving, please be careful. With probably more than 50,000 vehicles in Manhattan alone at any time (it’s a guess since there are 13,000 NYC taxis), NYC traffic is tough to navigate.

Mayor Bloomberg’s office has released it’s bi-annual Mayor’s Management Report, and the stats are not great for NYC traffic fatalities form July 2011 – June 2012:

  • 23% increase in NYC traffic fatalities.
  • Increase from 236 to 291. There were 310 NYC traffic fatalities in 2007.
  •  176 cyclist or pedestrian fatalities, up from 158 during July 2010 – June 2011.
  • 115 motorist or passenger deaths, up from 78 during July 2010 – June 2011.

According to The New York Times article, Bloomberg’s office is being pressed to explain these increases against its earlier claims that the pedestrian street closures and NYC bicycle lanes had actually reduced NYC traffic fatalities. NYC had announced a record low in annual traffic fatalities for the 2011 calendar year.

It seems that speeding, driving while intoxicated, and running red lights or stop signs accounted for a combined 54% of motorist or passenger fatalities, with the majority of these fatalities happening on highways and not NYC streets.

Filed under: NYC Driving — Tags: , , , , — mtohn @ 5:51 pm
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